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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.  16

 

POLICY CODE:  FJA

 

 

TO:                 Superintendents of Schools

 

FROM:           J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:            September 11, 2002

 

RE:                 Public Water Systems:  Requirement for a Licensed or Grandparented Water Operator

 

 

The Board of Licensure of Water Treatment Plant Operators in the Department of Human Services has notified the Department of Education of the September 30, 2002 deadline for applying for Grandparented Water Operator status as this relates to schools.  This notice states: 

 

“…your water system must have a licensed operator or apply for grandparenting by September 30, 2002. If you fail to apply for grandparenting by September 30, 2002, you will be required to have a licensed operator immediately.”

 

Water systems that will be required to have a licensed operator include schools, small community water systems and Non Transient, Non Community (NTNC) water systems: mobile home parks, apartment complexes, factories and office complexes.

 

If you have questions about any of your schools and these requirements, please contact Roger Crouse at 287-5684 or Bill Johnson at 287-5678 of the Board of Licensure of Water Treatment Plant Operators. The Drinking Water Program website is available at www.medwp.com or you can contact Carol Champagne at 287-5699.

 

Additional information is available through the Maine Rural Water Association, 14 Maine Street, Suite 407, Brunswick, Maine 04011, (207) 729-6569 or www.mainerwa.org.  The Maine Rural Water Association is offering two September training sessions on Operator Licensing Outreach:  Compliance Roundtable; please contact them for further information.